By the time you read this, the Cisco Olympics will have been run and won. Lining up at the blocks at Sydney's Homebush stadium - where the Olympics will be held in 2000 - were Cisco's three distribution partners, Tech Pacific, Com Tech and LAN Systems. Not that any of the Tabloid staff would be so crass as to bet on such an event, but suffice to say a market was framed.
At the time of going to press a flood of late money saw sporty types Express Data tumble into favouritism at 6-4 taking over at the head of the market from Tech Pac at 2-1. Friendless in the betting ring was LAN Systems, classed as a rank outsider at 5-1.
Apparently, not a bet had been taken despite the fact (or perhaps because of it) that Scott Frew would be anchoring the tug-of-war team. However, considering that most of his crew are still unlikely to be over last month's big Luna Park party, Tabloid considers that under the odds.
Express Data managing director Jon Shein last week bragged to Tabloid that a thorough scouting program, conducted locally and in South Africa, had failed to produce the "muscular and decadent" participant ED was looking for, so a burly Ghanaian had instead been recruited as the team's "secret weapon".